Monday, April 16, 2012

Half Hexagons from Jelly Rolls

Donna Crow's Half-Hexagon Quilt

Denniele and Donna have been making half-hexagons out of Moda Jelly Roll strips.

Donna used Arnold's Attic, my late 19th-century reproduction line from last year. The strips are 2-1/2" wide.

Using a 60 degree ruler you cut half hexagons and sew them into strips. There are no Y Seams if you use this method.

Denniele developed the technique for a class.

 "We used a 60 degree triangle ruler and painter's tape.  That way you can make your hexagons any size.  I am working on one for [my granddaughter] made from a honey bun.  It may be for her doll! "

Half Hexagons by Denniele Bohannon

Denniele used a Jelly Roll from Civil War Homefront, a mid-19th-century line from a few years ago.

"After the hexagons...I wanted a small border to stop it visually and also to make the edge straight for the border...so I played until it worked."

And speaking of half-hexagons I've been collecting pictures. Here's a quilt from about 1875 from Laura Fisher's online store.

Notice the half hexagons as background to the farmstead.

And the upside down cow

See more pictures of the Monumental House Quilt by Sally Goforth of Weymouth, NJ at Laura's store here

And see some Norwegian cupcakes from half-hexagons by AnnAKa on Nicola Foreman's blog here


  1. Half Hexagons - what a great idea!!!

  2. This quilt gives me palpitations (in a good way)!

  3. I love doing hexagons and there are so many ways you can use them.


  4. Such a simple idea, but how clever. I'm loving hexagons at the moment.

  5. I would never pay 9.000 dollars for a quilt!!!

  6. Love your hexagons. They are probably my favourite template.

  7. Thank you so much for the link to my blog :)